Although at least one member of Congress and airline unions has called for prominent participants in the riots to be included in the FBI-run non-flying list to prevent plane tickets from known and suspected terrorists, it is unclear whether this step is taken.
The FBI did not respond to a request for comment.
“We are incredibly concerned about the recent politically motivated incidents on board passenger planes,” said APFA President Julie Hedrick in a statement. “Regardless of one’s political beliefs, the cockpit of a commercial aircraft must, as a matter of necessity, be a calm environment for the safety of all on board.”
Alaska Airlines said in a statement that it was banning 14 passengers who were on board a flight from DC to Seattle the day after the riot because they refused to wear masks and were “noisy, argumentative and harassing our crew members.”
Alaska has said it has so far banned a total of 302 passengers for violating its mask policy since it took effect last August 7.
Trade unionists, meanwhile, are urging the FBI to add as many insurgents as possible to the federal flight ban list, and are urging federal regulators to do more to discourage dangerous or disturbing flight behavior.
“Airlines and law enforcement have stepped up security at airports in the Washington area this week following reports of ‘mafia-like behavior’ in and out of the region around Wednesday’s U.S. Capitol siege,” a January 9 statement from the Stewardess Association said. Every airline taking off outside the region in the last few days has experienced accidents on board. National Security Service Chairman Benny Thompson (D-Miss.) On Thursday called on the TSA and the FBI to add “thugs” involved in Capitol riots in the federal flight ban list. “
Democrat spokesman Peter Defacio, chairman of the building’s transport committee, said in a statement Monday that he called on the FAA and its administrator, Stephen Dixon, “to limit the chances of the nation’s commercial airline being used as a means of mass transportation to Washington, D.C. , for further violence in connection with the discovery. “
The FAA issued a separate statement declaring that “disobedient behavior on a plane could violate federal law” and could result in jail time and fines of up to $ 35,000.
Additional reports by Gregory Wallace and Pete Mountain.